Special Events

CETA is pleased to offer these special events with masterful storytellers of theatre.

“Who Tells Your Story?”

Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker


Sandra is also teaching a Professional Development Intensive on Thursday.

SANDRA TSING LOH is the author of the The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones (2014, W.W. Norton), which was selected as one of the New York Times’ 100 Most Notable Books. It is based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, originally published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her previous book, Mother on Fire, was inspired by her hit solo show about Los Angeles public education. During that time, she was named one of the 50 most influential comedians by Variety. Her other solo shows include Aliens in America and Bad Sex With Bud Kemp (both off-Broadway at Second Stage Theatre), Sugar Plum Fairy (Geffen Playhouse, Seattle Rep), and I Worry (Kennedy Center, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her short story, “My Father’s Chinese Wives,” won a Pushcart Prize in 1996, and is also featured in the Norton Anthology of Modern Literature. Loh’s previous books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and on PRI’s “This American Life” and “Marketplace”; currently, her weekly segment “The Loh Life” is heard on KPCC. Loh’s education includes a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an institution which granted her a Distinguished Alumna Award, its highest honor, and for whom she was the first alumna to give a now-famous commencement speech. Loh’s combining of her communication and science skills continue with her syndicated daily minute “The Loh Down on Science,” which is heard weekly by 4 million people. Excerpts from her solo piano CD Pianovision has been heard on several NPR shows, and she also scored the music for the 1998 Oscar-winning documentary Breathing Lessons. A Pushcart Prize winner, MacDowell Fellow and three-time National Magazine Award nominee, she is a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and adjunct professor of visual art and science communication at the University of California, Irvine. Sandra’s stand-up show, The B**** Is Back: An All-Too Intimate Conversation, ran at The Broad Stage in July, 2015. Her multi-character play based on The Madwoman in the Volvo premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre (SCR) in January, 2016, and enjoyed subsequent runs at The Pasadena Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Loh workshopped a new piece, Blue State, at the Ojai Playwrights Conference in August, 2017. A new three-actor version of Sugar Plum Fairy will be produced by SCR in December, 2017. Loh is an adjunct associate professor of Drama at UC Irvine, where she also teaches Science Communication.


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit musical received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning eleven, including Best Musical and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. We’ll take an easy Metrorail ride (one block from the hotel) to the Pantages Theatre at famous Hollywood & Vine.


Direct from its hit run in New York, Cagney is the award-winning musical that follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema’s original tough guy. Broadway’s Robert Creighton, in the role he was born to play, leads the original cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites, including Give My Regards To Broadway, Grand Old Flag, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. CETA members will enjoy a talk-back with the cast following the performance.  This ticket is included with your registration.


Our conference falls during the preview weekend of the North Hollywood Fringe Festival! We’ll have free theatre tickets for you at nearby theatres on Saturday evening. It’s your chance to explore new works at new theatres! Take advantage of this opportunity see the unique, creative work of Los Angeles theatre artists as they tell their stories!


Professional storytellers from Tell It! Personal True Stories Told Onstage will open our conference on Friday with original stories written especially for CETA.  Pablo Marz, creator, will lead a PDI on Sunday.


Danny Ricker is co-head writer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Danny has written for The Oscars, The Emmys, and The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and is a loving alumnus of ComedySportz Los Angeles and iO West. He is one of our special guests and featured workshop leaders.


Join other K-8 theatre teachers as we raise the curtain on another exciting and dramatic year of teaching!  In this special gathering, we will take time to look ahead, envision possibilities, explore new ideas, and share tried and true ones. Meet up with old friends and get to know new ones!

Internationally known Spolin teacher, Max Schafer, will lead a workshop on integrating improvisation with dance. Be ready to move!

Then we’ll spend the rest of the day in a special workshop strand, geared for K-8 educators. Free theatre tickets will be available for Saturday evening at a variety of venues!



Exciting New National Partnership News

CETA Awards Ceremony

Past Presidents Council Theatre Library Sale

Professional Development Intensives